56-YO YouTube Star Reaps Rs 60K/Month From Natural Terrace Backyard


It was within the late 90s that Rema Devi began natural farming round her home premises in Changanassery city in Kottayam, Kerala. It began as a small enterprise to fulfill her every day necessities. However over time, it has grown into one thing larger, incomes her an honest month-to-month earnings.

She grew up helping her grandmother, who in response to Rema was an incredible natural farmer. “She actually grew every part required for the complete household — be it pulses, greens or fruits, we had every part natural and contemporary. My youthful sister and I was her assistants. Subsequently, I consider it was her affect and naturally, the expertise I gained that helped me excel in natural farming,” Rema tells The Higher India.

During the last 20 years, she has been rising quite a lot of greens and fruit timber on the terrace and environment of her two houses.

Finally, Rema began her personal YouTube channel with the intention to information others to take up natural farming. She additionally started making high quality seeds out of greens and promoting them.

“Terrace gardening could be achieved in probably the most sustainable method with out many bills. I attempt to train my viewers preserve a backyard effectively via my channel,” says the 56-year-old.

Chemical-free greens for the household

Fresh tomatoes harvested from Rema's terrace garden
Recent tomatoes harvested from Rema’s terrace backyard.

Rema, who pursued her increased research in Botany says, “I’ve an emotional attachment to farming because it jogs my memory of my childhood and my grandmother. Although I couldn’t pursue a job after research, I’m glad that I may do what I like probably the most.”

“When my youngsters have been younger. I purchased a snake gourd from the market and stir-fried it. However I used to be shocked to odor some type of chemical compounds from it. That’s after I took the choice to develop clear greens for my youngsters,” recollects Rema.

Ever since she has been organically rising all of the greens for her household in her dwelling backyard.

Initially, she began farming within the house round her dwelling, which was constructed on 13 cents of land. Later when yet one more home was constructed on the identical land, Rema moved her farm to each terraces, which got here to round 2,500 sq ft.

In accordance with her, although it appears simpler to nurture a terrace backyard than develop on land, there are particular issues that have to be taken care of.

“Whereas sustaining a terrace backyard one must do not forget that it’s the highest layer of our home. We have to guarantee security. So, I painted my whole terrace with white cement to keep away from water leakage. And to keep away from protecting pots and develop luggage instantly on the terrace, I used coconut shells as a substitute of pricey stands” she says.

Organically grown spinach and pumpkin at Rema's garden.
Organically grown spinach and pumpkin at Rema’s backyard.

Rema began her farming enterprise with spinach and cowpeas as her household liked these two greens. “I saved including extra to my assortment, and now I’ve totally different varieties of just about all of the greens together with the native veggies and seasonal ones,” she provides.

Among the many greens she grows are totally different styles of chillies, okra, brinjal, tomatoes, spinach, peas, gourds, onion, air potatoes, beans, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, radish, cabbage, and lettuce.

Aside from greens, she additionally grows just a few fruit timber like papaya, Malabar plum, rambutan, guava, custard apple, sapota, and totally different styles of lemon.

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Along with rising contemporary greens for her household, Rema saves their seeds too. “Since I develop greater than sufficient for my household, the remainder have been used for making seeds,” she says.

The seeds are offered via social media farming teams. She additionally sells them to those that contact her on WhatsApp. “The seeds are priced between Rs 25 and Rs 40 a packet, relying on the variability and availability. Presently, I make round Rs 60,000 per thirty days, simply via seeds,” says Rema who has been getting orders from throughout the state.

Formulating do-it-yourself fertilisers and pesticides

Rema Devi at her organic terrace garden.
Rema Devi at her natural terrace backyard.

“Gardening ought to by no means be an costly affair,” says Rema who provides out suggestions and tips on her YouTube channel — Rema’s Terrace Backyard — the place she shares preserve a cost-efficient and sustainable terrace backyard.

Rema additionally makes natural fertilisers and pesticides utilizing kitchen waste.

She says, “I don’t waste something from my kitchen. All bio-waste like egg shells, onion peels, espresso or tea grounds, and even gadgets like buttermilk, curd, rice water, coconut milk and so forth could be made into natural fertilisers. Even fish waste can be utilized for a similar goal.”

“During the last 20 years, I’ve been capable of make several types of natural fertilisers and pesticides utilizing simply obtainable substances. Now I’m attempting to assist others via my YouTube channel,” says the YouTuber.

She shares one such natural fertiliser she formulated, which is liked by many on her channel.

“Combine some cow dung, cow urine, neem cake, groundnut cake, and inexperienced leaves collectively, and hold it apart for 10 days. Then add 100 gm of lime powder to the combo, and let it sit once more for 5 extra days. You possibly can dissolve this combination in a 1:10 ratio with water. It makes an excellent bio-slurry which could be utilized to every kind of vegetation.”

Organic veggies at Rema's garden
Natural veggies at Rema’s backyard

In accordance with Rema, everybody ought to develop at the very least just a few greens on their very own of their homes. “Greater than rising clear greens by yourself, there’s a type of happiness and satisfaction that comes with it. You’ll by no means understand it until you try this,” she says.

For seeds, you possibly can contact Rema Devi at 79077 87439.

Edited by Pranita Bhat; Picture credit: Rema Devi



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